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Week Of Special Interest 04/24/19
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By La Voz Staff

Rawlings Foundation funds new learning center

The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center and Buell Children’s Museum are pleased to announce that the Robert H. Rawlings Foundation has awarded $200,000 for the build out of the lower level of the Buell Children’s Museum for use as a Learning Center. This project breaks ground Fall 2019 with an anticipated completion date in the Summer 2020.

The project will create more programming space for the primary use of music classes, but with the capability to host an array of activities. With this renovation, the Arts Center can increase the capacity of its Friday Arts Academy program as well as create a new rental space. The Learning Center will hold up to 30 students per class period. The build will also provide much needed room for storage of instruments. Last year, the Arts Center hosted over 11,700 participants in education classes. “The Arts Center is grateful for this opportunity which will further its mission through the creation of a music and learning center,” says CEO Jim Richerson.

Design work is being carried out by HGF Architects of Pueblo, who have been the Arts Center’s architects since the center was created in 1972.

Drug RX takeback in Adams County

On Saturday, April 27th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Adams County Government Center at 4430 S. Adams County Pkwy. (Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

New District Court judgeship created

The Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet at the Pueblo Combined Court (501 N. Elizabeth St., Pueblo, on June 10, to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of district judge for the Tenth Judicial District (Pueblo County). The new district court judgeship was created pursuant to SB-19-043 and is effective July 1, 2019.

To be eligible, the applicant must be a qualified elector of the Tenth Judicial District at the time of investiture and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. The current annual salary for this position is $168,202. The initial term of office of a district judge is a provisional term of two years; thereafter, the incumbent district judge, if retained by the voters, has a term of six years.

Application forms are available from the office of the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Carlos A. Samour, Jr., 2 East 14th Ave., Denver, and the office of the court executive, Laura Snyder, 501 N. Elizabeth St., Pueblo. Applications are also available on the court’s home page at

Our Government

White House

President Donald Trump and the White House announced the followiing: Now, Therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 20 through April 28, 2019, as National Park Week. I encourage all Americans to celebrate by visiting our national parks and learning more about the natural, cultural, and historical heritage that belongs to each and every citizen of the United States of America.

Colorado Governor

Governor Jared Polis signed SB 19-207, FY 2019-20 Long Bill, into law. He was joined by sponsors and Joint Budget Committee members Senator Dominick Moreno and Representative Daneya Esgar. The budget funds top priority items including free full-day kindergarten, saving people money on health care, and investments for water and transportation. SB19-207 establishes an operating budget of $31.9 billion total funds of which $11.8 billion is General Fund. “This budget lays a strong foundation for a bold vision for our state, creating opportunity for all,” Governor Polis said.

Denver Mayor

At the 5th annual Denver Housing Forum, Mayor Michael B. Hancock rolled out his proposal to create a new Department of Housing and Homelessness. The new proposed department is the next step in the Hancock Administration’s commitment to addressing the continued need for more affordable housing and better services for those experiencing homelessness in our city.

“The challenges we face in these areas are not unique to our city, and they are not unique to times of economic hardship or historic prosperity,” Mayor Hancock said.





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